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ERIC Number: EJ878510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Building Basic Statistical Literacy with U.S. Census Data
Sheffield, Caroline C.; Karp, Karen S.; Brown, E. Todd
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v22 n4 p7-11 Mar-Apr 2010
The world is filled with information delivered through graphical representations--everything from voting trends to economic projections to health statistics. Whether comparing incomes of individuals by their level of education, tracking the rise and fall of state populations, or researching home ownership in different geographical areas, basic U.S. Census data can provide a starting point for children to pose a range of interesting questions. Children can manipulate information in graphs and charts to present evidence in meaningful ways. Teachers can help them begin to analyze a visual display and make generalizations from the data it shows. In this article, the authors describe how they guide students in creating choropleth maps, bar graphs, circle graphs, and in calculating percentages with a circle of 100 beads! By manipulating Census data into different displays, students begin to see some of the strengths and weaknesses of each form. (Contains 1 table and 6 notes.)
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Language: English
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